Diego Laxalt and Samu Castillejo have joined, as confirmed by a statement from Milan, which states these two players are the last summer signings.
Milan have now completed their summer acquisitions campaign, as today they announced that Laxalt and Castillejo have become part of the Rossoneri part.
“Milan are delighted to announce the signings of Spanish forward Samuel Castillejo Azuaga (‘Samu’) and Uruguayan midfielder Diego Sebastian Laxalt Suárez (‘Diego’) from Villarreal CF and Genoa CFC respectively. Both players join the club on a permanent basis,” a Milan statement reads.
“Born in Malaga on 18 January 1995, Samu rose through the youth ranks at his hometown club before breaking into the first team at 19. In his debut season, he made a total of 34 league appearances. In June 2015, Samu moved to Villarreal establishing himself as a pillar of the Spanish team.
“Born in Montevideo on 7 February 1993, Diego’s Serie A debut was against Milan in 2013 during a spell at Bologna. He has since gone on to make 130 appearances in Serie A following stints with Genoa, Bologna and Empoli. The 25-year-old is coming off the back of a quarter-final finish at the World Cup in Russia with Uruguay.
“With the signing of the players Bakayoko, Castillejo and Laxalt Milan completed its incoming transfers for this summer transfer campaign.” The Rossoneri have therefore ruled out any possibility of last-minute signing and put to bed all rumours concerning Sergej Milinković-Savić and others.
Laxalt and Castillejo will be presented to the press today at 15:00 CEST along with Bakayoko. The ex-Monaco man will be wearing the #14 jersey at Milan, while Diego will take the #93 shirt that he wore at Genoa, and Samu will be the new #7 of Milan, taking the number of Nikola Kalinić.
The two men will add a lot of pace to the squad of Gattuso who sorely lacked it. It is believed that Milan have paid Genoa €3m plus Gianluca Lapadula for Laxalt (plus €4m in bonuses), while Castillejo arrives in a deal for €18m plus Carlos Bacca, who is heading back to Villarreal permanently.
Milan are ending their mercato with 8 signings: Pepe Reina, Ivan Strinić, Alen Halilović, Mattia Caldara, Gonzalo Higuain, Tiémoué Bakayoko, Diego Laxalt and Samu Castillejo.